Autonomy and Regulation

Two headlines this weekend show why autonomous vehicles are a win for the legal profession:

  1. Driver Automation to Be Scrutinized in NTSB Probe of Tesla Crash

2. Google’s Self Driving Car Project Gets Its Own Chief Lawyer

I assume there is some relationship between these headlines.

Tesla is now managing separate investigations by the Florida Highway Patrol, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board, all stemming from a single accident resulting in one fatality.

That type of scrutiny requires a lot of lawyers.

Of course, if self-driving cars prove to be far safer than human-driven vehicles, that would create an offsetting loss for plaintiffs’ attorneys.

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